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Old 03-10-2014, 01:47 AM   #185
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The Tompkins Square Park Riot occurred on January 13, 1874 when the New York City Police Department crushed a demonstration involving thousands of unemployed in New York City's Tompkins Square Park, located in what is now called the East Village..The unemployed movement lost much momentum after the riot. Efforts to organize another march proved to be futile. With the exception of the campaign to pardon Mayer, support was not sustained for those who were injured or arrested in the riot. By the end of the month, the Committee of Safety dissolved itself to form the Industrial Political Party, which was then also dissolved later that year..

Attempts were made to have members of the Police Board fired over the incident. John Swinton, editor at the New York Sun, described police actions as an "outrage" in statements made at the New York State Assembly’s Committee on Grievances. These were later published as a pamphlet, The Tompkins Square Outrage, but the campaign to have the Board fired was fruitless in the end..

At the same time, the New York City police increased their surveillance and harassment of political organizations. They were able to intimidate landlords into evicting radical groups and canceling meetings on their premises.. A Church fire was wrongly blamed on radicals, and rumor of a Communist plot to kill the mayor was circulated, both in attempt to justify police actions..Panic spread across New York the rest of the day.. One school was put under police protection as it was rumored that immigrants were planning to burn it down... you get all of us together, we ain't got a gang, we've got an army..The past is a torch that lights our way.. Where our fathers have shown us the path, we shall follow.. Our faith is the weapon most feared by our enemies.. For thereby shall we lift our people up against those who would destroy us...
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